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					Child Protection
     Policy
                           SKIP Child Protection Policy
                                    Contents

 Forward

 Introduction

 Section 1 – The policy

 Section 2 – Implementation and Implementation Plan

 Section 3 – Reporting procedures, Step by step reporting procedures and the SKIP
  Child Protection Report Form

 Section 4 – Response procedures

 Section 5 – Training

 Section 6 - Prevention and code of conduct

 Section 7 – Working with partner organizations

 Declaration
                                       Forward


Any organization that works with children has a fundamental duty of care towards
them, a duty of care to protect them from all forms of abuse and exploitation. This
child protection policy has been created as a means of ensuring the protection of all
children involved with SKIP projects. As SKIP operates in different countries and
thus within differing local contexts, it makes the development of one policy for all
very difficult. The standards set out in this policy aim to be dynamic and offer a
general framework for approaching the issues of child protection. Each SKIP branch
must adapt this policy, in order to match the specific needs and requirements of their
project. No organization is immune to the issues of child protection and as such it is
imperative that SKIP places this child protection policy at the forefront of all of its
actions.


Stacey Mearns
SKIP National Co-cordinator
                                     Introduction

Child abuse is where a child or young person is denied the opportunity to be safe or
feel safe. It can take many forms but most fit into the following categories:

      Physical abuse – intentional physical injury or forcible restraint without
       reason.
      Psychological abuse – manipulation causing fear of violence, ridicule or
       exclusion.
      Sexual abuse – abuse for sexual gratification.

All children have the right to protection, the needs of disabled children and others
who may be particularly vulnerable must be taken into account. Children may be at
risk of abuse and exploitation not only from individuals in the communities in which
they live, but also by aid workers and volunteers.

There are huge difficulties in applying child protection principles in the many
different legal, social and cultural contexts in which SKIP works. As protection
systems in the different countries in which SKIP operates are often weak. The SKIP
child protection policy must be applied in ways that are culturally sensitive, but at the
same time without condoning acts of maltreatment that are universally regarded as
abusive.

There are several advantages to implementing child protection standards:

    Children are protected
   Although no policies or processes can offer complete protection for children,
   following the sections laid out in this policy will minimize the risk to children of
   abuse and exploitation.

    Volunteers are protected
   By implementing this policy all SKIP volunteers will have clear guidance on their
   own behaviour around children and what to do if they notice or are told about
   inappropriate behaviour on the part of others.

    SKIP is protected
   By implementing this policy SKIP is making clear its commitment to safeguard
   the children we work with.

In conclusion this policy is a unique attempt to ensure that SKIP can develop practice
which safeguards children from abuse and exploitation. It is not intended to be wholly
prescriptive but to provide a helpful basis for discussion and determining local
standards and how they will be measured and achieved. Everyone involved with SKIP
has a fundamental duty of care towards the children we work with.
                                     Section 1
                         The SKIP Child Protection Policy

This child protection policy demonstrates our commitment to safeguard all of the
children we work with across all SKIP projects. This policy should be available to all
and actively promoted. However consideration should be given to issues that arise as
a result of different country contexts, language, ways of communicating and
accessibility.

1.1) General principles (based on the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child):

   i.      A child is defined as a person under the age of 18.

   ii.     All children have equal rights to protection from abuse and exploitation.

   iii.    All children should be encouraged to fulfill their potential and inequalities
           should be challenged.

   iv.     Everybody has a responsibility to support the care and protection of
           children.

   v.      SKIP has a duty of care to protect children with whom our projects seek to
           assist and with whom our volunteers work.



1.2) Policy aims:

   i.      To provide all children involved with SKIP projects with appropriate
           safety and protection.

   ii.     To enable all persons involved with SKIP to make informed and confident
           responses to specific child protection issues.

1.3) As an organization we must all work together to ensure across all SKIP projects
that:

   i.      The welfare of the child is paramount.

   ii.     All children, whatever age, culture, disability, gender, language, racial
           origin and religious beliefs have the right to protection from abuse.

   iii.    All suspicions and allegations of abuse will be taken seriously and
           responded to swiftly and appropriately.

   iv.     All SKIP volunteers and members have a responsibility and duty to report
           all child protection concerns to the SKIP child protection officer.
1.4) Review:

   i.     In order to ensure its appropriateness and effectiveness, this policy will be
          reviewed once every 3 years by the National committee and passed
          through the executive board.
                                    Section 2
                                  Implementation

2.1) Responsibility

i.      The SKIP board of executive directors have ultimate responsibility in
        ensuring adequate levels of child protection and the implementation of this
        policy within SKIP as an organization.

ii.     The SKIP National Training and Recruitment coordinator is the named
        person responsible for the training of all branch coordinators in the SKIP
        child protection policy. It is advised that this training takes place each year
        as a workshop at the SKIP National conference.

iii.    The SKIP National Training and Recruitment Coordinator must attend an
        external Child Protection Training course.

iv.     It is the responsibility of the SKIP Branch coordinators to ensure that their
        committee and volunteers are appropriately trained in the SKIP child
        protection policy.

v.      The Branch Training and Recruitment coordinator is the named person
        responsible for the training of all branch volunteers in the SKIP child
        protection policy. Hence it is mandatory for all Branch Training and
        Recruitment coordinators to attend the child protection workshop at the
        SKIP National conference.

vi.     It is recommended that the Branch Training and Recruitment Coordinators
        involve local student union/external organization Qualified Child
        Protection Trainers in their volunteer training schemes.


vii.    All SKIP volunteers must receive appropriate child protection training
        before volunteering on any SKIP project. This training should take place
        as part of the volunteer training weekend.

viii.   Any SKIP volunteer who has not received the child protection training,
        will not be allowed to volunteer with SKIP. Hence it is mandatory for all
        SKIP volunteers to attend their SKIP training weekends.
                                      Implementation Plan


   Responsibility for
ensuring implementation

      National                SKIP National Training and Recruitment Coordinator
    Coordinators              (child protection officer)



                                        Child protection workshop
                                        at SKIP National conference


     Branch
   Coordinators                 Branch Training and Recruitment Coordinators
                                (branch child protection officer)



                                                            Child protection session at
                                                            project committee weekend



                                                               Project committee
                      Child protection session at              (Committee members
                                                               who will be running the
                      volunteer training weekend
                                                               summer project)




                            SKIP Volunteers
                                       Section 3
                                  Reporting procedures


3.1) Issues of child protection can arise in any of the following situations:

   i.      Responding to a child who says either they or another child is/are being
           abused.

   ii.     Responding to allegations against a volunteer.

   iii.    Responding to concerns about a child’s welfare where there is no specific
           disclosure/allegation.


3.2) In all of the above situations, the following reporting procedures must be
    followed:

   i.      Record what you have seen, heard or know accurately at the time the event
           occurs.

   ii.     Inform the Project Coordinator or other person responsible as soon as
           possible.

   iii.    All child protection concerns must be logged on a SKIP child protection
           report form. This form is to be completed by the project coordinator and
           the person raising the concern.

   iv.     In situations where the child has disclosed or an allegation has been made
           against a volunteer, the SKIP National child protection officer (National
           training and recruitment coordinator) must be informed.


3.3) SKIP will provide guidance and support to any volunteer who makes a report of
suspected abuse. They may seek external legal advice in doing so.

3.4) SKIP report forms

   i.      All SKIP child protection report forms should be stored in a secure place
           with limited access to designated people only.


3.5) During all reporting procedures it is important to remember that:

   i.      The child’s welfare is of paramount importance

   ii.     All child protection concerns must be addressed in a strictly confidential
           manner.
iii.   Information should be handled and disseminated on a need to know basis
       only.
                         Reporting procedures
                             Step by step



STEP 1 – Record what you have seen, heard or know accurately at the time
the event occurs.




STEP 2 – Inform the Project Coordinator of your concern as soon as
possible.




STEP 3 – Complete the SKIP child protection report form




STEP 4- Inform the SKIP National child protection officer (National training
and recruitment coordinator) if necessary.
                    SKIP child protection report form


SKIP Branch:

Date of incident:

Time of incident:

Name of person completing form:

Name of child concerned:

Incident:




Plan of action:




Signed:
                                           Section 4
                                      Response procedures


4.1) It is not the responsibility of anyone involved with SKIP to decide whether or not
child abuse has taken place. However there is a responsibility to act on any concerns
through contact with the appropriate individuals/organizations/authorities. We are
here to refer, not to investigate.

4.2) It is the responsibility of each SKIP branch to establish what child protection
services if any, are available within their country of work.

4.3) The action taken will differ according to:

   i.      The nature of the complainant.

   ii.     The infrastructure of the SKIP project.

   iii.    The country and cultural context within which the SKIP project is based.


4.4) In any case SKIP National and your partner organization must be consulted
before any action is taken.

4.5) In the event of an allegation against a SKIP volunteer, the SKIP National child
protection officer once informed will make an immediate decision about whether or
not the accused individual should be suspended from volunteering.
                                     Section 5
                                     Training


5.1) All persons involved with SKIP must be aware and receive training on the SKIP
child protection policy. The training aims to enable volunteers to:

   ii.    Analyse their own behaviour against the SKIP code of conduct, to ensure
          their behaviour will protect them from false allegations.

   iii.   Recognise their responsibilities and report any concerns about suspected
          poor practice or possible abuse.

   iv.    Respond to concerns expressed by a child or young person.

   v.     To understand the SKIP reporting procedures, and feel confident in
          undertaking the reporting steps.

   vi.    Work safely and effectively with children.
                                     Section 6
                          Prevention and code of conduct


6.1) SKIP recognizes that anyone may have the potential to abuse children in some
way and thus we must take steps to ensure that unsuitable people are prevented from
working with SKIP.

   i.      The SKIP volunteer application form must contain a self-disclosure about
           any previous criminal record.

   ii.     Any SKIP volunteer who has not undertaken a CRB check as part of their
           studies, must do so before volunteering with SKIP.

   iii.    All SKIP volunteers must provide SKIP with a copy of their CRB check.


6.2) SKIP wants to avoid the inappropriate use of photographs or film footage of any
child involved with SKIP:

   i.      All distribution of photographs or film footage of SKIP children must be
           authorized.


6.3) All SKIP volunteers should be encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behaviour
in order to protect themselves from false allegations. The SKIP code of conduct:

   i.      Always work with children in an open environment, avoiding private or
           unobserved situations.

   ii.     Treat all children equally with respect and dignity.

   iii.    Always put the welfare of the child first.

   iv.     If any form of manual/physical contact is required, it should be provided
           openly and with the presence of another person.

   v.      Keep an up to date first aid record of any injury that occurs, along with
           details of treatment given.

   vi.     Avoid spending excessive amounts of time alone with any child away
           from others.


6.4) Any external visiting a SKIP project must be accompanied by a member of SKIP
at all times during their visit to the project.
                                  Section 7
                    Working with SKIP partner organizations

7.1)   Child protection policy and procedures should form an essential part of
       partnership agreements.

7.2)   The SKIP child protection policy should be actively promoted to all SKIP
       partner organizations.

7.3)   There should be a process of engagement with SKIP partner organizations on
       child protection issues to ensure mutual learning and development of good
       practice.

7.4)   SKIP partner organizations should be encouraged to develop their own child
       protection policies.
                                    Declaration


On behalf of SKIP (Students for Kids International Projects), we, the undersigned,
will oversee the implementation of the Child Protection Policy and take all necessary
steps to ensure it is adhered to.


Name:…………………………………………………………………………..

Position within SKIP:………………………………………………………......

Signed:…………………………………………………………………………..


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